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February 2019

The Fourth Wall (Jazz Quartet) $5

Sunday, February 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Fourth Wall is an up and coming Jazz Quartet from Saint Paul, MN consisting of drummer Nathanael Smith, bassist James Towns, and pianist/saxophonist Rhys Leroux, along with a rotation of different musicians. Drawing from a variety of influences, The Fourth Wall's eclectic sound is infectious and thought-provoking, appealing to a diverse audience.

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Daniel Champagne with special guest MO of RADDA RADDA (Singer Songwriter) $10

Tuesday, February 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The story goes that the young Australian singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a five-year-old following in the footsteps of a musical father. He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. At 18 he left school, turned professional and hit the road.

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Third Wednesdays with The Immaculate Beings featuring special guest Mariah Mercedes (Indie Pop) $10

Wednesday, February 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Featuring special guests....

Wednesday February 20th Mariah Mercedes

Wednesday March 20th Covalent Blonde

Wednesday April 17th 26 Bats!

Twin Cities based The Immaculate Beings came together from across the midwest to form a family full of music,
love, adventure, and collaboration. With musical upbringings from all ends of the music spectrum, Trevor, Griffin, Staurie, Joe, Mitch, Casey, and Michael focus on creating a sound that heals and inspires the world to be Immaculate. Inspired by psychedelic
rock, jazz, indie pop, and soul, The Immaculate Beings strive to create a safe and open space for all humans with every live performance.

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Ryan Lee Jones | Syvers | Ben Noble (Indie Rock) $10

Thursday, February 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Based out of Minneapolis, Ryan Lee Jones is a singer-songwriter and music producer. His music holds the influences of Bon Iver, Jon Foreman, and Sufjan Stevens.

Syvers, a native Minneapolis indie folk-electronic duo stir together a love of honest vulnerability with contemplative discovery to process their tangled webs of identity in the flickering dance of dark and light.

Ben Noble is a Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter who released his first full-length album Whisky Priest in the Spring of 2017. Fully self-produced and recorded in a cabin, Whisky Priest is a journey of exacting introspection. Noble loves the contrast of serene, innocent melodies with a haunting chorus of falsetto voices.

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Annie Mack with special guest Jeni Grouws (Roots/Soul) $10

Friday, February 22 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Annie Mack has built a reputation for writing meaningful, relate-able and inspirational songs. Live, she delivers her songs with power, soul and conviction.

A dynamic vocalist and charismatic performer, she takes the audience on a journey; from velvet lined melodic depths to exciting, gritty, full bodied church hollers.

A regional Powerhouse with National Recognition, Annie has performed at many top festivals and venues, including The John Coltrane jazz Festival-High Point North Carolina, The Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival-Lancaster Pennsylvania, The Thunder-Bay Music Festival-Ontario Canada, The Minnesota State Fair, The Twin Cities Jazz Festival, The Bayfront Blues Festival(six years running)-Duluth MN, Buddy Guys-Chicago Illinois, The Blues City Deli - St. Louis, Missouri and The Arts Garage Del-Ray Beach Florida. Annie is a regular performer around Minnesota, appearing frequently at venues such as The Aster Cafe, Bunkers Bar and Grill, Vieux Carre, and The Dakota Jazz Club.

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The High 48’s Bluegrass Brunch (Free)

Saturday, February 23 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences far beyond Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs.

In a genre created and dominated by artists from the South, The High 48s were born and raised in the Upper Midwest. And in a music scene where playing standards is the norm, The High 48s are a band of songwriters who perform their own material in addition to the “festival favorites.”

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The Maeflies (Folk Rock) $8

Saturday, February 23 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The Maeflies, Minnesota’s Americana-country-rock ensemble of 5, have been playing their trademark sound for over 15 years. They deliver rich signature harmonies, hot guitars and songs that tell a story. The Maeflies know their way around any iteration of guitar, including pedal steel, mandolin and banjo. All the Maeflies can sing and pass around the lead vocal. Mae fronts the band; and you will discover why. The Maeflies have released 2 albums of original music: “Goodbye Sometimes” and “Dinkytown Highway”, both available on iTunes, Pandora Radio, Spotify and more.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, February 24 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

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Tim Sparks & Phil Heywood (Finger-style Acoustic) $10

Sunday, February 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

About ten years ago Tim and Phil began to work up duets and perform together. They’ve built an exciting and wide-ranging repertoire drawing from American folk/blues/early jazz roots, some brilliant forays into “world” music, and a few well-chosen pop obscurities. The two have honed a dynamic concert format that showcases each guitarist’s solo selections and culminates in the full glory of two world-class fingerpickers going at it together.

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John Swardson LIVE in the cafe every fourth Wednesday (Americana) $10

Wednesday, February 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tonight is the first of 3 shows over successive months that feature one of the Twin Cities most established songwriters.

Based in Minneapolis, John Swardson writes songs that bleed through the holes in the soles of his boots. "A songwriter of uncommon emotional detail, depth, and empathy."

His catalog includes three records of originals, another soon to be released and a wide variety of covers that dart through his own music like Starlings at dusk.

John has opened for many influences over the last handful of years including:
Sturgill Simpson, BJ Barham (American Aquarium), Ben Nichols (Lucero), Semisonic, Gene Ween, Tommy Stinson, and Echo and The Bunnymen.

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Holy Hannah! (Rock N Roll/Indie Soul) $7

Thursday, February 28 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Alabama Shakes meets Bonnie Raitt.

Hannah von der Hoff puts on a dynamic show where soul blues jazz and rock converge to provoke your gut and tap your toes.

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March 2019

MMC presents: Stephanie Claussen & David Gerald Sutton (Celtic/Folk/Acoustic & Cinematic Pop/Ambient) $8

Friday, March 1 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Join us for a night of music played on traditional stringed instruments by MN Music Coalition members with a bit of a twist. David has been able to find a unique voice in the world of music looping together elements of ambient, classical, and jazz into something new from the violin. Twin-Cities harpist Stephanie Claussen invites audiences to explore new locales and eras through her music, both emotionally and intellectually. City Pages called The Aster the “best place to go on a first date”, so join us for an unforgettable evening!

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Ryan and Pony | LOKI’S FOLLY (Indie Rock) $8

Saturday, March 2 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Ryan and Pony is a brand-new project, although these two indie-rockers have been kickin’ around the Minneapolis music scene for years. Whether it be fronting The Melismatics or playing with the likes of Soul Asylum, Mark Mallman, Phil Solem, The Rembrandts, Grant Hart, or Benjamin Cartel they have always brought an energy and passion to the stage and studio that is infectious.

Now they bring their influences of post-punk, power pop, EDM, and good old-fashioned rock and roll together along with guest performances from friends they’ve made over the years. A new full-length album is in the works for release on Pravda Records and their debut single “Low” was recently released.

Irony. Weirdness. Melody. These things are at the heart of the duo rounded out by drummer Peter Anderson (Run Westy Run, The Ocean Blue, The Honeydogs).

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, March 3 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

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Honky-Tonk Jump (Western Swing) $8

Sunday, March 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Honky-Tonk Jump plays swingin' Texas dance hall music in the tradition of Bob Wills, Milton Brown, Ernest Tubb and Spade Cooley with a sprinkling of Hank Williams and other early honky-tonk legends. This five-piece band rustles up a rhythm roundup with Dan Newton on accordion/vocals, Tom Schaefer on fiddle, Dan Lowinger on guitar, Vaughn Asselstine on bass and Dehl Gallagher on drums. Their music features signature twin and triple leads on accordion, fiddle and guitar with soulful vocals, all backed by a hard-swingin’ rhythm section. This band has fun and it’s contagious!

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$18

Live in the RIVER ROOM: Dan Navarro (Folk Songwriter) $18 Adv / $20 Cash Door

Wednesday, March 6 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

For over thirty years, Dan Navarro has written, sung, played and acted his way through a rich and varied career...

It was as a songwriter that Dan Navarro started his career, mostly in collaboration with Eric Lowen, for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated classic “We Belong”), The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Keb’ Mo’, Dave Edmunds, The Tempatations, Dionne Warwick, Dutch superstar Marco Borsato, The Triplets, Austin outlaw legend Rusty Weir and many more...

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A Piano In Every Home with special guests (Indie Pop Folk) $7

Wednesday, March 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

It’s not so much a sound as it is an essence; there is no need to be able to distinguish it before you can trust it. A Piano in Every Home’s second album North American Review is a collection that captures a poignant picture of the beauty and pain that comes with growing up. Written in the space and time reserved for examination, these eight tracks were coaxed from their bated origins with a delicate confidence and trial and error.

What started out as a duo of Travis Erickson on guitar and vocals, and Jacob Pavek on piano, the two childhood friends incorporated the doctrine of their live show into North American Review, which includes Jake Wallenius on drums and Mark Newcome Kartarik on bass. The quartet transformed the wide-eyed tunes into a full-grown collation.

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Aaron Tinjum and the Tangents with special guests TBA (Indie Folk) $5

Thursday, March 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Aaron Tinjum is a St. Paul, Minnesota-based songwriter.

He formed his folk rock project, Aaron Tinjum and the Tangents, while living in the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin, Texas. In 2012, they released their debut Mirrors in the Dark and were honored by the Mayor and City Council with an official band holiday.

In 2013, the group relocated to Washington, D.C., a move which Hometown Sounds described as "swimming against the tide of those talented musicians who make their mark on D.C. and move away." The group's follow-up, Foreign & Domestic, debuted in 2016.

They have opened for the likes of Sam Amidon, James McCartney, Reeve Carney and Kawehi.

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The Home Fires with special guest Dayna Koehn (Americana/Folk) $10

Friday, March 8 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The Home Fires is an Americana duo based in Minneapolis comprised of critically acclaimed singer/songwriters, Sarah Morris and Vicky Emerson. Sarah and Vicky are established touring artists and after developing a close friendship and playing live shows together, they unearthed a gorgeous new sound featuring Sarah's clear, melodic voice and Vicky's warm, weathered harmony.

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The Red Kicks single release show with The Original Mark Edwards and First Dates (Indie Rock) $6

Saturday, March 9 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The Red Kicks are pleased to announce the release of their third single Levelheaded Dreamers in March of 2019. The Red Kicks worked with sound designer Randon Nelson of Tangerine Recordings in St. Paul, MN to create music that blends indie electronic rock with experimental pop.

After years of collaboration on other projects, The Red Kicks formed in 2016 to bring something fresh to the midwest music scene. The Red Kicks is a band in their infancy, but the contributing members are veterans to the national and international music scene.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, March 10 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

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Second Wednesdays with Dirt Train (Rock & Roll) $5

Wednesday, March 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dirt Train 2nd Wednesdays RESIDENCY featuring special guests!!

Dirt Train is a five-piece Americana Rock & Roll band greasy enough to spread on toast. With equal parts classic Country and Soul tendencies, these ace Twin Cities players will make you dance, cry, and give you the courage to drink your weight in Jim Beam.

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Tim Houlihan with special guests Gather in the Rambler (Folk Rock) $5

Thursday, March 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tim Houlihan is an Americana singer-songwriter and covers troubadours of the early 1970’s. His style is influenced by folk, rock, blues and country (traditional country, that is). His onstage presence is upbeat and his performances take listeners on an emotional journey that leaves them wanting more.

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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

Friday, March 15 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Family Three are just two guys and one gal who love music. They would describe their sound as "Blindie-Soulk" - Blues, Indie, Soul and Folk. They have been playing some form of music since they were kids, but it wasn't until recently that they decided to take the next step, and are on the journey of finding out what it means to put the passion of music in the front seat.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, March 17 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

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Karen Choi | Vicky Emerson (Folk/Americana) $10

Sunday, March 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Karen Choi is a singer/songwriter living in the American midwest. Karen’s sophomore album “Through Our Veins” is rooted in the Americana tradition and shaped by the places and people she has met along the way. This new collection of songs explores common human experience from a rich lyrical perspective and with soulful vocal clarity. Karen was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. She first picked up her dad’s old Martin guitar when she was 13. Since then, songwriting became a means of storytelling for Karen and an artistic channel for expressing the realities of every day life. Karen resides in St Louis, Missouri and is set to release her third studio project in 2019.

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Third Wednesdays with The Immaculate Beings featuring special guest Covalent Blonde (Indie Pop) $10

Wednesday, March 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Featuring special guests....

Wednesday March 20th Covalent Blonde

Wednesday April 17th 26 Bats!

Twin Cities based The Immaculate Beings came together from across the midwest to form a family full of music,
love, adventure, and collaboration. With musical upbringings from all ends of the music spectrum, Trevor, Griffin, Staurie, Joe, Mitch, Casey, and Michael focus on creating a sound that heals and inspires the world to be Immaculate. Inspired by psychedelic
rock, jazz, indie pop, and soul, The Immaculate Beings strive to create a safe and open space for all humans with every live performance.

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Cassandra Cole with special guest Joel Robertson (Singer Songwriter) $10

Friday, March 22 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Minneapolis based singer/songwriter Cassandra Cole , doesn’t ask for your attention she demands it. Cole’s music traces the temperature of her own physical journey. From sun-drenched Californian plains to blizzard-misty Minnesotan highways. Being a mother of two sets of twins it can be easy to lose oneself and lose focus, but not for Cole. Instead, she uses her gritty, grounded and often complex life as a way of gripping the audience from first bar to second encore. Cole has written songs since the age of six and sold out the Aster Cafe in Minneapolis for her release party on February 17, 2018. Recently, she released her second single, “Caught Up” after winning a contest to work with Matty Amendola at 825 Records studio in Brooklyn, NY. She performed at the Pourhouse located in downtown Minneapolis participating in RAW’s showcase for emerging local artists. Cole filmed “Minnisingers” which will air spring 2019 highlighting local singer-songwriters. Cole’s diverse tonal palette and unique background provide the scaffolding for her own musical development. As a result, her songwriting is an eclectic blend of melodic soulfulness and modern edge.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, March 24 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

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John Swardson LIVE in the cafe every fourth Wednesday (Americana) $10

Wednesday, March 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tonight is the second of 3 shows over successive months that feature one of the Twin Cities most established songwriters.

Based in Minneapolis, John Swardson writes songs that bleed through the holes in the soles of his boots. "A songwriter of uncommon emotional detail, depth, and empathy."

His catalog includes three records of originals, another soon to be released and a wide variety of covers that dart through his own music like Starlings at dusk.

John has opened for many influences over the last handful of years including:
Sturgill Simpson, BJ Barham (American Aquarium), Ben Nichols (Lucero), Semisonic, Gene Ween, Tommy Stinson, and Echo and The Bunnymen.

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David Harland (Acoustic Fingerstyle) $7

Thursday, March 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

David Harland has felt the pull of music all of his life. His music has been described as innovative, introspective and expressive. David is a fingerstyle guitarist and singer/songwriter in the tradition of great innovators like Michael Hedges, Nick Drake, David Wilcox and Billy McLaughlin.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, March 31 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

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Minnesota Acoustic Guitar Showcase – featuring Dan Schwartz, Ben Abrahamson and Sam Breckenridge (Acoustic Fingerstyle) $5

Sunday, March 31 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Minnesota Acoustic Guitar Showcase is a musical collective of 10 Twin Cities based guitarists - they cover a diverse range of styles in their solo sets and collaborations of rotating players. Tonight’s show features Dan Schwartz, Ben Abrahamson and Sam Breckenridge. Starting at the very beginning, his dad’s interest in The Grand Ole Opry and his mom’s fondness for American Bandstand immersed Dan Schwartz in a wide variety of great music. This influence resonates in the range of music he…

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April 2019

A Piano In Every Home with special guests (Indie Pop Folk) $7

Wednesday, April 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

It’s not so much a sound as it is an essence; there is no need to be able to distinguish it before you can trust it. A Piano in Every Home’s second album North American Review is a collection that captures a poignant picture of the beauty and pain that comes with growing up. Written in the space and time reserved for examination, these eight tracks were coaxed from their bated origins with a delicate confidence and trial and error.

What started out as a duo of Travis Erickson on guitar and vocals, and Jacob Pavek on piano, the two childhood friends incorporated the doctrine of their live show into North American Review, which includes Jake Wallenius on drums and Mark Newcome Kartarik on bass. The quartet transformed the wide-eyed tunes into a full-grown collation.

Find out more »

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, April 7 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

Find out more »

Second Wednesdays with Dirt Train (Rock & Roll) $5

Wednesday, April 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dirt Train 2nd Wednesdays RESIDENCY featuring special guests!!

Dirt Train is a five-piece Americana Rock & Roll band greasy enough to spread on toast. With equal parts classic Country and Soul tendencies, these ace Twin Cities players will make you dance, cry, and give you the courage to drink your weight in Jim Beam.

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Lacey Guck “Over Again” Album Release show with special guest Maybe Nebraska (Indie Rock) $8

Saturday, April 13 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Lacey is a singer-songwriter based in the Twin Cities.

As a classically trained pianist and a homegrown church choir singer, Lacey used the skills she learned over the years to craft her own songs with driving melodies and a modern hint of soul. After playing in countless coffee shops, bars, restaurants, breweries, and sidewalks, Lacey independently released her solo live EP, "Will Play for Coffee" in April 2017. Eventually, she worked her way up to open for acts including Stephen Kellogg, Eric Hutchinson & the Believers, Rufus Wainwright, Mason Jennings, & Reina del Cid. As she built traction and a steady fanbase, Lacey received full Kickstarter support that allowed her to record her debut full-length album at Creation Audio in Minneapolis. Now, she is excited to release the LP, “Over Again,” with a full band to back her up! Fans of Lacey’s music also enjoy: Regina Spektor, Sara Bareilles, Julien Baker, Brandi Carlile, Ingrid Michaelson, Phox, Lawrence

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, April 14 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

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Third Wednesdays with The Immaculate Beings featuring special guests 26 Bats! (Indie Pop) $10

Wednesday, April 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Featuring special guests 26 Bats!

Twin Cities based The Immaculate Beings came together from across the midwest to form a family full of music,
love, adventure, and collaboration. With musical upbringings from all ends of the music spectrum, Trevor, Griffin, Staurie, Joe, Mitch, Casey, and Michael focus on creating a sound that heals and inspires the world to be Immaculate. Inspired by psychedelic
rock, jazz, indie pop, and soul, The Immaculate Beings strive to create a safe and open space for all humans with every live performance.

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Mel and the Side Effects with special guests (Indie Folk/Americana) $8

Saturday, April 20 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Mel and the Side Effects. A Band with hints of Indie-Folk, Americana and groove. It is bar room harmonies, bursts of harmonica and complex tangles of acoustic bass and guitar. This trio is made up of three long time friends: Dan Scultz, Jeremy Plumb and Mike Haldorson. They have been playing in bands together for more than 15 years and that familiarity makes each show an improvisational unique experience. On the latest EP: The sophomore release from Mike Haldorson and bandmates, this time as Mel and the Side Effects, is a bluesy Americana ode to noticing and appreciating the little things that make life delightful.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, April 21 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

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John Swardson LIVE in the cafe every fourth Wednesday (Americana) $10

Wednesday, April 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tonight is the final of 3 shows over successive months that feature one of the Twin Cities most established songwriters.

Based in Minneapolis, John Swardson writes songs that bleed through the holes in the soles of his boots. "A songwriter of uncommon emotional detail, depth, and empathy."

His catalog includes three records of originals, another soon to be released and a wide variety of covers that dart through his own music like Starlings at dusk.

John has opened for many influences over the last handful of years including:
Sturgill Simpson, BJ Barham (American Aquarium), Ben Nichols (Lucero), Semisonic, Gene Ween, Tommy Stinson, and Echo and The Bunnymen.

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David Harland (Acoustic Fingerstyle) $7

Thursday, April 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

David Harland has felt the pull of music all of his life. His music has been described as innovative, introspective and expressive. David is a fingerstyle guitarist and singer/songwriter in the tradition of great innovators like Michael Hedges, Nick Drake, David Wilcox and Billy McLaughlin.

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David Harland (Acoustic Fingerstyle) $7

Thursday, April 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

David Harland has felt the pull of music all of his life. His music has been described as innovative, introspective and expressive. David is a fingerstyle guitarist and singer/songwriter in the tradition of great innovators like Michael Hedges, Nick Drake, David Wilcox and Billy McLaughlin.

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons (Free)

Sunday, April 28 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930′s Popular Song. The core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass is light and swift, but also melancholic and lush when it needs to be. Patty , mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.” More than anything, The Buttons is a group that is always enjoying themselves… Which seems to give audiences permission to do the same.

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Nick Hensley Presents: Love Songs For Angry Men (Alt Country/Americana/Rock) $7

Tuesday, April 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Love Songs For Angry Men ...
Return to the Aster Cafe
For a Rare Full Band Performance

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May 2019

David Harland (Acoustic Fingerstyle) $7

Thursday, May 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

David Harland has felt the pull of music all of his life. His music has been described as innovative, introspective and expressive. David is a fingerstyle guitarist and singer/songwriter in the tradition of great innovators like Michael Hedges, Nick Drake, David Wilcox and Billy McLaughlin.

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